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Greek govt faces no-confidence vote on Macedonia name deal

Jun. 14, 2018 3:13 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia faced political storms at home Thursday, two days after reaching a historic deal to settle a decades-old dispute over Macedonia's name. Greece's Alexis Tsipras faces a vote of no-confidence in his government by Saturday afternoon, while...

The Latest: Greek PM predicts approval of Macedonia name

Jun. 13, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the name dispute between Greece and Macedonia (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Greece's prime minister says he expects no trouble in getting the proposed name change deal with Macedonia approved by the Greek parliament. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has also ruled out...

Her life saved, Bulgarian cow Penka waits to rejoin herd

Jun. 13, 2018 9:06 AM EDT

KOPILOVTSI, Bulgaria (AP) — Swatting away the flies with her long tail, Penka the cow happily munches on hay, unaware of the international stir she has caused. The cow from the Bulgarian village of Kopilovtsi has won fame and Europe-wide support since she wandered into neighboring Serbia for two weeks last...

Bulgarian customs seize 191kg of heroin bound for Belgium

May. 25, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian customs officials say they have seized 191 kilograms (420 pounds) of heroin found in a truck entering Bulgaria from Turkey. Officials valued the heroin at 6.3 million euros ($7.4 million). The national customs agency said on Friday that the drugs were found in a...

Bulgaria hits setback in bid for euro membership

May. 23, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bulgaria has hit a setback to its hopes of soon becoming a member of the shared euro currency after the European Central Bank said the EU's poorest country needs "wide-ranging" reforms to get its economy in shape. That assessment came in the ECB's report card Wednesday on progress...

Iran deal: Merkel cautious on compensation after US pullout

May. 17, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled Thursday that it won't be feasible to offer wide-ranging compensation to European companies affected by U.S. sanctions over Iran's nuclear program. President Donald Trump last week withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but...

The Latest: Macron won't take sides over trade with Iran

May. 17, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (all times local): 6:30 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says his country will not get into a trade war against the United States over Iran, despite France's disapproval of President Donald Trump's...

EU to Trump: Stop threatening us with tariffs

May. 17, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The European Union has called on U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to stop threatening it with tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying Thursday it is prepared to discuss new trade incentives. In March, Trump slapped tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on...

EU urges Balkan reform but cool on accepting new members

May. 17, 2018 10:14 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday encouraged Balkan countries to continue on the path of EU-oriented reform but were cool on any of the six joining the bloc in the near future. The Balkans spiraled into conflict in the 1990s as the former Yugoslavia broke apart and ethnic and...

Ireland warns Brexit talks could collapse over border issue

May. 17, 2018 6:24 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is warning Britain to explain how it plans to keep open his country's border with Northern Ireland or face the possible collapse of a Brexit deal. Varadkar said Thursday: "We need to know that it's workable and legally operable, and we've yet to see...